James Watt College fair attracts 700 jobseekers

James Watt College fair attracts 700 jobseekers

Councillor Narinder Kooner, Birmingham Lord Mayor Raymond Hassall and Head of James Watt College, Kim Vaughan welcome jobseekers to the Fair

700 jobseekers came through the doors of James Watt College for a Jobs and Skills Fair.  Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Raymond Hassell was also at the event to wish people luck as they explored vacancies and training opportunities.

Head of James Watt College, Kim Vaughan said: “Jobseekers, potential apprentices and learners were able to find out about opportunities available now and in the future.

“Employers from the engineering, care, warehousing, public services, retail, hair and beauty and transport sectors had many vacancies to promote.  This gave everyone that came much more confidence about their future career prospects.”

The Fair was organised by the Perry Barr District Jobs and Skills Partnership Board, which includes representatives from the college, the area’s employers and Birmingham City Council’s education and regeneration departments.

The Board’s Chair, Councillor Narinder Kooner said: “Our priority has been to identify the skills that employers need and gaps in recruitment that this community can fill.  The event at James Watt College is the second that the board has organised since we launched in September 2015.

“The fact that so many people attended shows just how important it is for us to hold events that tackle local unemployment head on.”

Employers at the Fair included National Express, Yodel, Premier Inn, Auctus Rail, the Army Reserve and Aston Manor Coaches.

Perry Barr MP, Khalid Mahmood who also supported the event added: “I’m so pleased that employers from all sectors had reached out to these jobseekers.  It was also great that our local college, JobCentre Plus and the Partnership Board successfully bought everyone together.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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